Recently a video was posted online depicting a prominent Texas judge, Judge William Adams, beating his daughter with a belt. The video has come out approximately seven years after the incident occurred. Why? Judge William Adams daughter, Hillary Adams, felt it should come out because the judge is a family court judge in Texas and should not be passing judgment on family situations.
This situation has raised many questions about the Judge Adams ability to maintain his position. The Texas Penal Code §9.61 states that the use of force, but not deadly force, against a child younger than 18 years is justified if, the actor is the child’s parent or stepparent…when and to the degree the actor reasonably believes the force is necessary to discipline the child or to safeguard or promote his welfare.
Do you think that Judge Adams actions were wrong? What is a “Justified” reason for a parent to hit their child? Does the belt take it too far?
Judge Adams states that he is not sorry. “No, in my mind I haven’t done anything wrong other than discipline my child after she was caught stealing. And I did lose my temper, but I’ve since apologized,” Judge William Adams told KZTV
It has been admitted by both Judge Adams and Hillary Adams that the beating came after she was caught illegally downloading from the Internet? Last I checked the criminal punishment for illegally downloading something is not lashing? While many countries have now outlawed judicial beatings, the practice is still widespread in Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, the Bahamas, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Libya, Yemen, Malaysia, Brunei, parts of Nigeria and Indonesia as well as other countries. Should parents be allowed to use a form of punishment on their children when it has been outlawed because it is so cruel and inhumane?
Lets also not forget that Hillary took the time to acquire a camera, set it up, and make sure it was running because she knew a beating was coming. This implies this occurred fairly often in this household. Certainly, not a one-time event, where Judge Adams lost his temper. It sounds like this type of punishment was common place in the household.
I understand that spanking might be necessary, I am sure that all children are not angels (I know I wasn’t) but the problem with spanking, is control. You have parents that could be rightfully angry, allowed to hit their child, how do they control their force? I know I have been pretty mad, so angry that I could hit someone, and if I was socially allowed to hit that person, I don’t think I would just slightly hit them. When you’re angry it is extremely hard to control yourself. How do we make hitting or spanking ok but “trust” that people will keep control?